What are the key concomitants and requirements to power in this world? Answers could be many. 

Some theoretical. Some empirical -- based on an analysis of historical data.

For much of the world, it is wealth. That is how the world generally looks at wealth and power. They go hand in hand.

Even today, November 2016, Wall Street and its Big Money hold Big Power

And the Big Media are a part of that equation. Five mega-media conglomerations controlling roughly 90 percent of what over 7,000,000,000 (seven billion) people around the world see and hear on a daily basis.

Thirty-two-year old Mark Zuckerberg (Big Money Estimate: over $50 billion) has more people visiting his Facebook than there are human beings on this planet!

And Big Money in all its forms and variations exercises enormous power and leverage on the lives of the American People and the people throughout the rest of the world.

But according to the Qur'an, the key qualification of leadership is something different. It is Ilm -- knowledge, understanding.

Earlier people, the Jews if you want to call them that, Jews after Moses, Alaihis Salaam, had trouble accepting the man God appointed as their leader: Because the man did not have Big Money.

Let us follow the story in the Qur'an:

Wa Qaala Lahum Nabiyyu-Hum.

"And their Nabiyy -- prophet -- told them."

Innallaaha Qad Ba'atha Lakum TalootaMalikaa.

"Allah has appointed this man Taaloot your leader."

Qaaloo Annaa Yakoonu Lahul Mulku 'Alainaa? 

"They said how can he be our leader?"

Wa Nahnu Ahaqqu Bil Mulki Minhu?

"When we are more deserving of leadership than him?"

"Wa Lam Yu'ta Sa'atam Minal Maali?" 

"And the man doesn't even have enough money?

Qaala Innallahas-tafaahu 'Alaikum, 

"Allah said the fact is God has chosen him over the rest of you."

Wa-zaadahu Bastatan Fil 'Ilmi ...

"And God has granted him vast knowledge and understanding."


Qur'an, all you people out there?


"We never fail to feed our body when the body is hungry.

We have even devised a routine of feeding it three times a day whether our body is hungry or not.

But when our soul is hungry, we neither hear its cries, nor do we rush to feed it.

And then we wonder what is wrong with us. Some of the best and brightest among us then run around asking: What went wrong?

What has gone wrong with our world, they ask.

We want to know: Why is there so much corruption in the world?

And we want to know: Why is there so much injustice and so much cruelty, greed and selfishness among us?

A more worthwhile question may be: When did we last feed our soul and how?" (Dr. Pasha)

What most people forget is that no part of this life, and nothing whatsoever that they have in this life, is theirs to begin with. Someone gave it all to them. God Almighty: that is who gave it to them. And he did so free of charge.

So, if people today take a few moments from that life that God gave them and return those few moments to the original owner in the form of service to God and his creation, they want appreciation for that? Or they want what the Brits would call a Vote of Thanks? Or they want a statue set up in their honor to commemorate their kindness and generosity?

I don't get it. I can be very generous too with someone else’s money.

“It is the day after Lailatul Qad’rRamadan, 1431/2010. The news media today produced two photographs, almost side by side. One, of four little children, perhaps between the ages of one and two, lying on their back, covered by flies, in a refugee tent in violence-wracked, flood-ravaged Pakistan, seemingly abandoned by Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

The other photo, claiming to be that of three million evidently better-off Muslims, bent on garnering 1000-months-worth of instant reward, on this Lailatul Qad’r 1431/2010 night, in what the caption called “Holy Mosques.”

I couldn’t decide which of the two pictures was more poignant to me or which one racked and seared my soul more. For the better part of the day, I have been trying to shut my eyes tight and make those images go away. But I don’t seem to be able to.

And if you ask me, that is the real Hallowed Ground – where those four little children lay infested with flies and fighting off death. And that is where God is that night – with those four little children, fighting off death, with their bodies prey to invasion and occupation by a million flies.” (Dr. Pasha)